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  1. No, he had already purchased the units, he was just stating that a simple battery refresh cost almost as much as the price of the whole refurbished unit. It *does* make sense to get the refurb unit for $89 rather than the new unit for $300 if you don't have a UPS at all, especially when the price range is <$100

    Uh-huh, correct. Actually I was just using my experiences to emphasize the point, what we actually do wasn't central at all - right now we are chucking the SmartUps units when their batteries go and replacing them with Tripp-Lite SmartOnline UPS units. But this isn't about me.

    The cheap battery reference could still come in handy some day, though - thanks!

  2. Ah, wow, that's a great deal on that unit.  We probably have about 10 or 12 of those, and I think just replacing the battery is around $50.

    Right, so rather then replacing the battery in your :::used::: UPS for $50, it makes sense to buy a whole nother :::used::: ups for $80.

    I don't get it :-)


    Who would do that? Unless I suppose it had a warrantee or something.

  3. Based on that post, and since we're so far off topic anyway (sorry $100 UPS guy), I think the thing to really go for beyond the AVR & line interactivity is the true on-line UPS. You get a good, clean sine wave (of course you start at $1K & quickly go up) and never have to worry about the wall at all - it is just to keep the batteries juiced.

  4. If I follow him - and pardon me here, but if I get this wrong then good because I'd like to get it right - he's talking about the 3-phase cams that feed the distro (actually usually the iso then the distro). A false positive on a ground problem can be the result of one of the hot lines being cold. I am not sure if that applies if you are metering on the other side of the distro, though. So your 115/120 will look that way with a meter? But not all legs, right? So will it really be a false positive, or will the "hot" leg and the "cold" leg have different ground levels?

    Hmm, trying to explain it convinces me I'm missing the middle part. The EICs I hire are usually video guys, so I'm not sure if they know this, either.

  5. Yeah, that's the problem.  The DNS system is still getting slammed.

    Oh... and there's the flooding of packets on the internet at large...searching for a DNS listing with SCO in the name.

    So the issue is perhaps reduced, but not all that much.

    Thanks Mr. I'll-flood-the-whole-internet-to-get-back-at-a-company.  I appreciate your efforts to ruin my internet experience. 


    If SCO loses the case that Linux is a copy of Unix...then I will lose the last shred of respect I have in the U.S. legal system.

    I am curious about this. What is the gist of the beef?

  6. Are there any headphones that will accomodate a size 8+ head?

    -- Rick

    If you can provide specific measuerments (ear-ear distance, radius from the arc out from the ear-ear line to the top of your head*) I could measure what we have here. Overall, the professional quality headphones are very adjustable, so I would be surprised if you had a problem with them.

    *I am not assuming a round head here, so the first does not necessarily permit me to calculate the second.

  7. Well, I guess there are two issues here:

    First, if there is no DNS entry then will the virus actually do anything? I mean, bandwidth-wise for the DDoS? Yes, it continues to spread and continues to be a threat to those systems affected, but not to the intervening bandthwidth, correct? If so, erasing SCO does mitigate much of the potential damage.

    The second issue is the rest of it - there is a virus, wreaking havoc, jeapordizing systems, and threatening innocent bystanders. Given all of that, I suppose I am more than a little disappointed that the general level of response ranges from "Good - I hate SCO" to "SCO did nothing noble".

  8. That's good to know - and probably why their product line for CAT5 seems less robust than for telco.

    Still, all of our gear is in Anvil cases - we take our entire office on the road - and on a production site, with several different power setups, guys dropping all sorts of wire of who knows what kinds all over your stuff, distros, etc. I figure I'm safer by being paranoid about power. I've seen job sites where the ground for some legs had 100s of volts on it - nice when you wire together gear, some on that leg, some on another. And don't even get me started about generator power.

    Anyway, maybe my experiences of seeing audio guys get knocked on their ass by loops make me overly cautious, but then again the reason I keep getting gigs is because my gears always works.

  9. Modems is usually destroyed by HVD on the telephone line.

    But a decent UPS is good anyways : )


    Exactly, but the PTELs properly installed will prevent this. I ran into this with some dial up routers we used about 6-7 years ago - their built in in modems could only go to 220 and Verizon regulalry used 250+. Needless to say those modems did not last long, but when I installed a bank of PTEL4s and patched everything through those it was fine.

    I do the same for 10/100 NIC & their CAT5 products - think about what sort of potential a few 100ft of wire can pick up - but they are limited to 100MHz, so aren't great for GBe.

  10. Well, UPS and modems are probably a different story. You should have a UPS to protect your hardware, though if it is not at least line-interactive it won't do much more than a surge protector, hardware-safety wise (data is another story).

    We mostly own APCs, though all of our new purchases have been Tripp Lite.

    Most modem frying comes from 'phone lines that are too hot. The 'phone company will do this because telephones are more resistant to hot power and it tends to result in less audio quality complaints. They will also vary the voltage at will, again because for an analog voice line there is no issue.

    If your 'phone company offers "data certification" for the line and it is not prohibitive in cost, this will help. A lot. At least, it does for Verizon.

    You should also get something like this:

    That specific product is not exactly what you want, we use PTEL2 & PTEL4s, but they don't look like that so I must have ended up in the APC subcategory - but the protection idea is the right one.

    Yes, I even use them in my home - for PVRs, phones, everything.

  11. So there seems to be a strong feeling with at least some of the assemblage here that theft is OK? What, "little tiny small ones"?

    The damage done may be of a different sort, but the logic says 100% al Queda to me.

    If SCO had exhibited similar arrogance their attitude would have been "You should have protected your networks better."

  12. They tend to be bigger and cheaper (but you already knew that) but slower and less shock resistant. We have a few that travel with our D1X, but they always get selected last after the CF cards - shooter's choice. We have not had a problem reliability-wise with either 2 or 3 of the 1G drives. I think the shock resistance issue is primarily when the drive is actually in use, I think they park fairly well.

    Hmm, and my uncle uses a 1G in his Garmin GPS. About 3 months on the dash of his Navigator, in and out on occasion, and no issues. In his case I don't think he cares that it takes a bit longer to load maps than his 128M CF card, though it certainly does.

  13. Well, need is a funny thing. Not sure about the overall system specs, seems overly ambitous to me, but for years M$ has been looking for the killer pan-box that would make Bill the king of your kingdom. So, if you think of it less as a game system and more as WebTV, media server, PVR, PC, personal trainer, etc. maybe they're starting to get close to that crazy.

    Is it true that BG keeps statues of Alexander the Great and Ceasar in his house, and weeps every time he sees them?

  14. Unless it cured cancer for those infected, there's no such thing as a "white hat virus".

    SCO is a cancer IMHO...and I don't even currently run Linux at present.


    Hmm, litigation is a nasty business, even when well-justified. I confess to lacking sufficient knowledge about the issue to have an opinion on who is right - in terms of the litigation. Frankly though, with the number of worthless barely post-pubescent spanks out there perpetrating nasty bits of work like Napster and then acting petulant - or even self-righteous - about their theft I am skeptical.

    What I know for certain is this: I own a small business, and among other things am responsible for quite a lot of potential bandwidth. I pay a lot for that potential, but could and would have to pay a whole hell of a lot more if that bandwidth potential was utilized in any substantial way for any period of time. If that happened w/o a client being responsible, and thus paying the way for it, then at the very least things could get very unpleasant for me.

    Fortunately all systems reacted correctly and we were protected against the virus while I was still figuring out what it was - this was not a very smart bug and it was caught very early.

    But still, the SOBs tried to pick my pocket. And many thousands of others, including those with a lot more to lose than I.

    Any you know what, they obviously don't care.

    Not about what happens to me.

    Not to my business.

    Not to my employees.

    Not to my children.

    And at the very least SCO understood the threat - the threat to everyone else - and did a very decent thing and saved a lot of folks a whole lot of a whole lot.

    So right now I'd have to say "Full marks to SCO".

    Hint kiddies: Someone has to pay for your little playground.

  15. Sennheiser. No brand has yet matched their sound quality, IMO.

    If you want *really really* good sound, get the Sennheiser Orpheus.,

    Heh, $12K for a bunch of tubes....

    If you want great sound and wireless listening (w/simulated 5.1 to boot):

    I keep one headset dedicated for the treamill, as the padding seems to wear off then it gets wet....

  16. Yeah, in general I agree - you need to specify what you are running. Is this all some sort of basic software-based stuff, like CuBase VST, or do you have any DSP? Do you have any scratch disk options?

    Frankly, even though your stream bandwidth is smaller, this setup bears a lot more resemblance to video compositing than to other apps. We do fairly long audio stuff, but rarely more than 4-6 tracks. We always use SCSI, though since out muti-track starts out that way (Tascam) that helps.

    Depending on how you answer, it seems probable that an SATA with TCQ (when available) may be your best/most cost-effective answer.